I haven't been feeling like making many lenghty posts lately (I've
been spending too much time at computers) but today I can't seem to
resist making a few comments, mainly off topic. Don't expect much in
the way of debates here, I'm just adding a few thoughts.
Raphaël, thanks for the post on Tennyson, Verlaine and Mallarmé. And
on Bush messing up the traffic in Brussels, he did the same in Boston
recently. I even got caught in a mess due to him the day *before* he
visited. When the Washington leadership comes to visit, get out of town!
I remember seeing Ford at the White House following his European trip,
he looked Bushed. Will Bush look Forded? Yep, he'll look Forded to
getting a good nap.
> Why are you saying he feared individualism?
This question was not addressed to me and I'm not saying that he
feared individualism but he did make this comment: "I am an
Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature, and a royalist
in politics." I would that a royalist would be more concerned about
the influence of individuals than a democrat would.
> You know Jefferson thought that a revolution every generation or so
> might be a good idea.
I've seen this quote a lot and it has its merits but I haven't seen
much written about what would happen if we did have recurring
revolutions. The U.S. was lucky the first time, we were led by
Washington, not Napolean. The revolution of 1861-65 was a mixed bag.
McVeigh's attempt at a revolution didn't work out well at all.
On executions: Perhaps there may be no discrimation in the numbers of
executions (i.e., whites and non-whites convicted of first-degree
murder might be executed or not in the same proportions) but more
whites might get the chance to plea bargin down to a second-degree
charge. If this is the case then the proportion of executions (and
lengthly sentences) for non-whites is higher than for whites for the
same crime. Being able to afford good lawyers might even get a killer
off no matter the race (I'm thinking of a recent celebrity trial in
> The idea that personality can be perceived as a prison (TWL) is not
> exactly new.
Personality: There is a good chance that this word is derived from
"mask." That would be the face the world sees. But then what about
the actor behind the mask? What is that?
[Middle English, from Old French persone, from Latin persna, mask,
role, person, probably from Etruscan phersu, mask.]
> Bush, with all of his problems, has appointed more minorities to high
> office than any previous president, including the presidents who
> yacked a lot about social justice but didn't do much of anything to
> promote it.
Not to say that this is the reason but perhaps because there are more
that have had time to get experience. A bigger pool of qualified
people to draw from helps.
I'm not big on Dylan but I know a lot of TSErs are and I keep bumping
into him on the web. Today I had a Dylan sighting at Slate.com
This week, Slate's Book Clubbers assess David Hajdu's
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez,
Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña.